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Retreat~Two Minutes with Mindy

We have heard this word used in many ways throughout the years. During the wars, a retreat was meant to mean that one side was giving up or backing away from the fight, moving back or withdrawing. Many of us have gone away to a retreat, time away to relax with a group for any numbers of reasons, religious, spiritual, educational, therapeutic, weight loss, health.... Sometimes we just feel the need to back away from life, from our routines and daily activities and responsibilities. This is the retreat I would like to talk about, getting away from life.

So often we underestimate the power of rest, when our hearts feel heavy and our minds cannot quiet both signs that we are doing too much. The concept of more is not always best for our souls. Sometimes, the real power and the real abundance is in the power of less. In order to achieve the less in our lives we may need to retreat from it. Whether it be hours, days, weeks or months, and possibly more than once or twice, it can be as often as necessary in order to bring you back to your place in life where things are right and you feel abundantly full with less.

There is no shame in retreat or the need for it, our lives can a bit much at times, even if the bit much was brought on by you. Step away, back away, retreat from the everyday stuff, fill yourself with the things that will restore you, give yourself the rest you need, the quiet you need for as long as you need. The retreat will help you to grow into the person you are meant to be, the person you feel good with, comfortable with and can live with. RETREAT!!!!

Spicy Mexican Turkey Burger

I made a turkey burger salad!


1 lb ground turkey

2 jalapenos, seeded and minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp smoked paprika

2 tsp cumin

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp mexican seasoning

¼ tsp pepper

½ tsp salt


In a large bowl combine ground turkey, jalapenos, garlic, and spices

Mix well, I use my hands, making sure all ingredients are well incorporated.

Make 3-4 evenly sized patties

Place the patties on the grill medium high heat, or in a skillet with a little olive oil. Cook about 6 minutes on each side or until firm to touch.

*Cilantro Pesto


1 bunch cilantro

¼ cup pine nuts (or nut of choice such as walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin/peitas seeds..)

Juice of 1 lime

3 cloves garlic

¼ tsp salt

Olive oil


Place all ingredients except olive in a food processor or blender and process until well incorporated. Slowly stream in the olive oil until a nice smooth pesto consistency, taste and add more of whatever needed.

Place pesto on the turkey burger and enjoy!

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